The death toll in Sikkim floods rose to 82 on Monday with 142 people still missing after the cloudburst.
Rangpo town, about 50 km (30 miles) south of state capital Gangtok has been the worst affected.
Sikkim’s chief secretary Vijay Bhushan Pathak said rescuers had found 25 more bodies in the state and bodies of nine army men washed away were found in the neighbouring downstream state of West Bengal.
Fourteen army personnel were among the missing, a defence ministry statement said.
The search for survivors was hampered by damaged roads, poor communications and bad weather, and residents were struggling to clear sludge and debris in the wake of one of the worst disasters in the region in the last 50 years.
Parveen Shama, the top district official of Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, said 41 bodies were found in the district. A few bodies have been found in Bangladesh as well, although the exact number is yet to be revealed.
Sikkim, a Buddhist state of close to seven lakh people, received 101 mm (four inches) of rain in the first five days of October, more than double normal levels.
In October 1968, an estimated 1,000 people in Sikkim perished in floods.
Government officials said about 2,000 tourists stuck in cut off areas of northern Sikkim were reported to be safe, and state authorities and the army had provided them with food and communication facilities to contact their families.
The glacial Lhonak Lake in Sikkim exploded in the wee hours of October 4, set off by a cloudburst event. What followed was chaos and destruction, the flooding of the Teesta affecting over 40,000 people in four districts of the Eastern Himalayan state.
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